As one of the largest cities in Latin America, Buenos Aires is Argentina's chief port and its financial, industrial, commercial and social center. It is also home to one of the most chaotic and unpredictable economies in the world, with now nearly 60 years of financial booms and busts.
During the Buenos Aires immersion, students joined their peers, professors and local business leaders to learn about the economic history of Argentina, the challenge of big business, the nimbleness needed when launching new businesses, and how to overcome cultural differences that can impede success.
Ariel Fleichman Partner, Strategy&
Professor Gastón Utrera Founder and President, Economic Trends
Chris Bingham Professor of Business Strategy & Entrepreneurship, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
Mabel Miguel Clinical Professor of Organizational Behavior, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
Christian Lundblad Professor of Finance, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
Andrés de la Cruz Partner, Cleary Gottlieb
Day One: History and Opportunity in Argentina
During the first day of the Buenos Aires immersion, students attended sessions with local business leaders Ariel Fleichman and Gastón Utrera to explore Argentina's unique economic history, and discuss the fast-changing landscape that is producing incredible opportunities in the region. Students finished the day by participating in a guided group project designed to nurture the entrepreneurial spirit, led by UNC Kenan-Flagler professor Chris Bingham.
Day Two: Service and Collaboration Across Cultures
The second day of the immersion gave students the opportunity to visit the Pilar Nature Reserve where they met Pilar Mayor Nicolás Ducoté and completed a service activity planting trees. In the afternoon, MBA@UNC students were joined by students from a Buenos Aires business school, Universidad Siglo 21, to complete collaborative exercises such as designing mock onboarding plans for cross-cultural employees.
The final day of the immersion focused heavily on the emerging financial markets of Argentina, and how savvy business leaders are finding opportunities in the evolving Latin American business landscape. Sessions were led by Professor Christian Lundblad, the Edward M. O'Herron Distinguished Scholar and Professor of Finance at UNC Kenan-Flagler, and Andrés de la Cruz, a partner of Cleary Gottlieb law firm.
Perhaps just as valuable as the lessons students learn during their sessions are the opportunities they have to network, mingle and connect with their fellow students. During the Buenos Aires immersion, students were treated to a number of social outings and casual get-togethers, including dinner and a tango show at Tango Porteño, and a traditional Argentine steak dinner at Cabaña Las Lilas in the riverside town of Puerto Madero.
Students also had the opportunity to participate in an immersion extension trip across South America. They first continued their exploration of innovation in Buenos Aires, by visiting the technology companies 3dar, FutureDocs and NXTP Labs, for in-depth Q&A sessions. Students then crossed the border into Chile to visit the Centro de Innovación Universidad Católica and Startup Chile, before touring the Kingston Family Vineyard in Valparaiso.
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